NAD - '63 Fender Showman!

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by Snorre, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

    Age:
    57
    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    Bought a '63 Fender Showman head from Emerald City Guitars via Reverb. The head has been re-covered in Brown tolex and brown grillcloth. Original output transformer replaced with a Mercury Magnetics output transformer. Price wasn't astronmical, as is typical with vintage Fender gear on Reverb and eBay.

    Sadly, the tube chart didn't survive but the chassis has a '63 date code. Good enough for me. It also says "Fender Electric Instrument Co. Fullerton, California" as opposed to the later designation, "Fender Musical Instruments Santa Ana, Calif.".

    I actually love the idea of it have been re-tolexed by a previous owner in brown, my fave Fender amp tolex. Of course, now my next project is to re-cover my Beavaer Bottom 15" blonde tolex/gold-wheat grillclothed Tone Ring cab with a early '60s JBL D-140F speaker. The blonde tolex has already been lifting on a corner so I'm OK with changing it out. Matching the brown grillcloth may be more of a challenge. I'll likely end up swapping out the grillcloth on both head and cab for the Fender Beige Brown Wheat. At least then it will match up with my '64 Fender Reverb Unit.

    Previously, I had bought what turned out to be a '67 Showman head in a '64 shell. I wasn't vibing with it and eventually sold it. Before selling it though, I bought a Weber Mass 200 Attenuator box and a Weber Z-Matcher imedance box. So now I can finally put them to some use if I want to play around with attenuation and various speaker configurations.

    For now, though, I just had a play without the attenuator attached. I can get the volume to 4 where you can feel the air move and it gets a bit too loud for for home use. Up to 3, though, it sounds fine. I'll hook up the attenuator at some point to get the volume up to 7 without deafening myself, wife, and beasties. I think someone on here once said 7 was the sweet spot, but I could be wrong. Feel free to offer your ideal settings.

    Super pleased with the tone! The harmonic vibrato sounds lovely and smooth.

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    While I adore the early '60s Fender brownface era, I'm totally guilty of being infatuated with birth year gear acquisitions. I'm super stoked that I have my '63 Fender amp along with my '63 Fender Jaguar. My wife will be ecstatic that my hunt is over...for now?!? ;)
     
  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Sweet. That'll work.

    Congrats and enjoy.
     
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  3. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

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    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    Thanks, G5422T! :)
     
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  4. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

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    72
    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on the amp head. From the pictures it's obvious you like Fender amps. Great setup you have,
     
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  5. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    345
    Jul 26, 2020
    Germany
    That's an awesome collection!
     
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Congratulations Snorre , it compliments your room very nicely
     
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  7. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Very nice!! Congrats..
     
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  8. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Loud and proud, Snorre. That's a beauty!
     
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  9. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Very cool!
    Not many years ago I bought a 64 BF Showman for $500 off Ebay. They really weren't that popular. I think I sold it for $550 eventually. Like most things I do ..... "I should have held onto it!"
    The blonde showman is a very cool find!
     
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  10. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

    Age:
    57
    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    Thanks, all! :)

    Fender is my fave, but I'll always have room in my heart and home for a good Vox! My AC15C1-TV is fantastic! Highly recommend!

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    Also a big fan of the Allen Encore head. Solid Fender-style amp with imedance options, a RAW (gain), Reverb, and Vibrato.

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  11. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    TOO BAD YOU DON'T HAVE ONE OF THESE ANYMORE :)
     

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  12. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    somebody spent their kids college money
     
  13. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

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    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    LOL I hope you're taking good care of her, RC!
     
  14. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

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    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    Gut shots for electronics and amp tech guys!

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  15. salvatore

    salvatore Gretschie

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Durham, NC
    I have the greatest respect for my ‘65 Showman , and take huge pleasure in its offerings.
    I bet you’ll feel the same.
    Enjoy. 95C1C946-3259-4688-91F2-33D832789A57.jpeg
     
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  16. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    71
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I had a Dual Showman---Blonde & Oxblood---that must've been earlier. Two JBL130Ds. Twas a beastie both in sound and portability. You're going to have fun with that.
     
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  17. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

    Age:
    57
    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    Thanks, guys! Nice looking '65 Showman, Salvatore!

    Nice! Back then, they called that one the Double Showman. 2x15 cab must have been amazing to play out of! Portability-wise, maybe not so much! :eek:

    Our 4-legged kids opted to not go, so what're ya gonna do?!? :D
     
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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    71
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Took two of us to move it, and needed the full back end of my Stude station wagon to cart it around. Used it for keyboards. It was the sound of DOOM! First time I could keep up with the guitarist and bass player.
     
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  19. Snorre

    Snorre Country Gent

    Age:
    57
    Feb 12, 2009
    Walkersville, MD
    That's awesome! :cool: Great memories, I imagine!
     
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  20. Rusty Chops

    Rusty Chops Electromatic

    33
    Sep 8, 2021
    Redding, CA
    I used an old BF Showman head and a 12” JBL for years.
    Made my MIJ Squire Strat with those behind the coil magnet stock pickups sound awesome!
     
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